'''Students for a Democratic Society''' ('''SDS''') was a student activism|student activist
movement in the United States
that was one of the main representations of the New Left
. The organization developed and expanded rapidly in the mid-1960s before dissolving at its last convention in 1969.
SDS has been an important influence on student organizing in the decades since its collapse. Participatory democracy
, direct action
, radicalism, student power, shoestring budgets, and its organizational structure are all present in varying degrees in current American student activist groups. Though various organizations have been formed in subsequent years as proposed national networks for left-wing student organizing, none has approached the scale of SDS, and most have lasted a few years at best.
A Students for a Democratic Society (2006 organization)|new incarnation of SDS
was founded in 2006.